Changing Your Baby’s Nappy
Changing your baby’s nappy is an important skill you’ll get the hang of after the first few days with your baby, since you’ll change their nappy very frequently. Below is a simple guide to help you learn how.
You can change your baby on a changing table or on any surface covered with a changing mat or towel. It's important to have all the supplies you'll need within reach before you begin (this includes a clean nappy, baby wipes, a plastic bag for the soiled nappy, nappy cream, and possibly a change of clothes for your baby). Remember never to leave your baby alone on a changing table or surface, even for an instant.
Steps for Changing Your Baby’s Nappy
- Lay your baby on a flat, soft and secure surface.
- Remove the nappy by lifting the adhesive tabs, and then fold the adhesive strips back onto themselves so that they don't stick to your baby.
- Using a JOHNSON’S® wipe or cotton ball dampened with water, clean the genital area by wiping from front to back.
- Place a clean nappy under your baby and pat your baby dry with a clean cloth. It’s a good idea to apply a thin layer of nappy cream to protect your baby’s bottom from the causes of nappy rash .
- Secure the clean nappy by fastening the adhesive strips from the back of the nappy to the front panel. It should be snug, but not tight.
- Finally, place your baby in a secure place so you can throw away the dirty nappy and wash your own hands.
Nappy Changing Tips
- Never leave your baby alone on a changing table or surface, even for an instant
- First-time parents are often surprised by how many nappies they go through in a day — always have plenty available
- Before and after changing baby’s nappy, be sure to wash your hands